The Holy Father has appointed Canon David Oakley, (a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and currently rector of St. Mary’s College, Oscott), to be the thirteenth Bishop of Northampton. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Elect David in Northampton Cathedral at 11 am on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, 19 March 2020.
Bishop Peter has worked closely with Bishop Elect David during his seven years as rector of the seminary at Oscott, and knows him to be a man of faith and prayer, and a pastoral priest and wise teacher. Bishop Peter joins the priests and deacons, and the religious and people of the Diocese of Northampton in giving thanks to God and welcoming Bishop Elect David and praying for him as he prepares for his ordination as Bishop.
Bishop Peter’s visit: This weekend we welcome Bishop Peter who is completing his visitation of the parishes in our Cluster, visiting St Mary’s and St Bede’s. This will be the last of his visitations in the Diocese!
Open House: On any Monday between 5.30pm and 7.30pm in the Cluster Office, (St Augustine’s, Langcliffe Drive, Heelands). Each of the Priests and the Administrator are usually available to speak about anything, and deal with administrative tasks for all of our Parishes. There is no need to make an appointment. Just pop in.
Rest in Peace: Anthony Bull RIP, whose funeral will take place on Thursday 23rd January at 1pm at St Mary’s, Woburn Sands.
House Blessings: There has been a tradition of blessing houses in the time after Christmas. If you would like one of the priests to visit and bless your house at some time over the next few weeks they would be very happy to do so. Please contact the office to make arrangements.
Traidcraft Stall: The Traidcraft stall will be open in St Mary’s Church Hall after both Masses, on 1st and 2nd February. Please come along and see the range of Fairtrade products on offer.
Receiving Communion in Hospital: If you, or a member of your family, are going to be in Milton Keynes University Hospital and would like to receive Communion, please contact the hospital chaplaincy on 01908 996061, who will be more than happy to visit and arrange for you to receive Holy Communion.
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